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For scenery on a grand scale, the jaw-dropping Villa of Aranjuez and San Lorenzo de El Escorial, both royal sites created in the mid-1500s, offer tastes of another era. Spain’s golden age is on display in Alcala de Henares, the home of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes.
Segovia, a key outpost of the Roman Empire, features an impressive 15-kilometre aqueduct from the second century and an historic old quarter. Both have been declared World Heritage Sites.
On a larger scale, World Heritage Cities include Avila, whose impressive walls surround historic churches and Renaissance palaces, and Toledo, which displays countless monuments from the three cultures — Christians, Arabs and Jews — that lived together peacefully for centuries.
The capital of Spain, a capital of culture, Madrid offers many delights.
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